San Diego State Fraternities Suspend Activities Over Sexual Harassment

Fraternity leaders at San Diego State University suspended all chapter activities indefinitely on Tuesday, responding to reports from the weekend that fraternity members had interrupted a “Take Back the Night” march by throwing eggs and waving sex toys at protesters. Fraternity and sorority members will undergo training to prevent sexual assault.

The step came just days after Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, suspended its fraternities until early next year, in response to an article in Rolling Stone magazine describing a student’s rape in a fraternity house.

Leaders of San Diego State University’s Greek community announced Tuesday they were voluntarily suspending all parties and social activities at the campus’ fraternities and sororities indefinitely and would be requiring all members to undergo sexual assault prevention training.

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Fired U. of Iowa Professor Who Sent ‘Inflammatory’ Emails Loses Appeal

An Iowa court has rejected the appeal of a former University of Iowa professor who was fired for sending “prejudiced, insulting, and inflammatory” emails to colleagues, the Associated Press reports.

Sally Mason, the university’s president, fired Malik E. Juweid, a tenured radiology professor, in August 2012 after a three-member disciplinary panel recommended his dismissal.

Mr. Juweid said Ms. Mason’s decision to fire him represented a conflict of interest because he sued the university shortly a…


Moderate Your Drinking to Reduce Rape, College Chief Tells Students

The president of Eckerd College, in Florida, is catching heat from students after he wrote in an email that they should drink less alcohol as a way of preventing sexual assault, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Donald R. Eastman III wrote on Sunday that students could help mitigate sexual assault on the campus in two ways:

1. By limiting your own consumption of alcohol, and encouraging your friends to do the same. Socrates included wine at his Symposium, but he did not get drunk.

2. You can be thoug…


Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

Washington — Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted overwhelmingly at their annual conference here on Monday to defend the right of scholarly associations to boycott Israel and to set their own organization on a course to consider a boycott of its own.

Conference participants voted, 256 to 79, in favor of a resolution that urges the organization’s leadership to provide a means to discuss what stand MESA should take in connection with the boycott, divestment, and sanction (or BDS)…


U. of Georgia Moves to Fire Lecturer Over His Relationship With Student

The University of Georgia is moving to fire a lecturer in its psychology department after the administration found him to have violated a policy barring professors from dating students under their supervision, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

The lecturer, Rich Suplita, admitted to violating the university’s policy in 2012, when he dated an undergraduate he had met in one of his classes. The student filed a harassment complaint against him, and he received a reprimand.

He began dating a gradua…


After Boston U. Skips a City Council Hearing, Its President Gets a Subpoena

Boston’s City Council took the rare step of issuing a subpoena on Monday that summons Boston University’s president to appear at a hearing next month, The Boston Globe reported.

The chairman of the council’s education committee said he had requested the subpoena because the university had failed to send a representative to a hearing last month on employee and student diversity at colleges in the city. “We gave Boston University every opportunity to attend and to accommodate their schedule, and…


Adjuncts at 2 Vermont Colleges Vote to Unionize

Adjunct professors at two Vermont colleges have voted to form unions, according to a news release from the Service Employees International Union. Adjuncts at Champlain and Burlington Colleges have voted to be represented by the union, which is in the midst of a national push to organize part-time faculty members.

Champlain adjuncts voted, 118 to 30, in favor of unionizing, while the vote among Burlington adjuncts was 23 to 4.


Lawmaker Blasts Kean U. for Buying $219,000 Table

Kean University, in New Jersey, is taking heat from a state legislator for spending roughly $219,000 on a conference table, the Bergen Record reports. The university’s governing board authorized spending up to $270,000 on the table, which seats 23 people and has microphones and a world map in the middle, among other amenities.

“Whether or not this is legal, it’s certainly not ethical, and it’s a waste of taxpayer money,” said Joseph Cryan, a Democratic member of the state’s General Assembly who …


President of Lincoln U. (Pa.) Resigns Amid Criticism of Remarks on Rape

The president of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, who has been under fire for weeks for comments he made about campus rape, resigned on Monday, The Philadelphia Tribune reports.

Robert R. Jennings told an audience in September that women should not put themselves in situations that could lead to sexual assault. The remarks, a portion of which were posted on YouTube, were blasted by parents as placing the blame for sexual violence on rape survivors.

Mr. Jennings, who had been president since J…


How UVa’s President Changed Her Tune on Sexual Assault

The University of Virginia’s initial response last week to an article in Rolling Stone magazine detailing a student’s rape in a fraternity house was slammed by critics as insufficient. While the college’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, wrote a letter promising a review of the student’s claims, the lead investigator chosen to conduct the review was an alumnus of the fraternity in question. The state’s attorney general nixed the choice.

A group of faculty members signed a letter in response to Ms….